About Jud McCrehin
I’m Jud, an award-winning professional photojournalist who lives and works in Northern Virginia just outside Washington D.C. I started working as a photojournalist in 1992 at a little newspaper in Livingston, Montana. I was the only photographer and was responsible for shooting every single image in the newspaper each day. I worked for 17 years as a photo/visuals editor for USA TODAY and was responsible for publishing images in the newspaper and website. I started Jud McCrehin Photography in 2007 when a friend asked me to photograph her wedding.
My father gave me my first camera, a Canon AE-1, when I was 12. I’ve known exactly what I wanted to do with my life ever since. I graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in photojournalism and have been working as a photojournalist since 1992. I’ve covered everything from local parades to traveling across the world covering the United States military training and fighting in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq.
When I’m not filling my hard drives full of images I enjoy spending time with my family and watching and photographing my 13-year-old and 17-year-old daughters play sports and grow up.
How long have you been a photographer?
I have been a professional photojournalist for over 29 years, working for 5 different newspaper companies covering stories all over the world and throughout the U.S. I worked as a photo/visuals editor for USA TODAY in McLean, Va. since 2004 until Jan. 2020.
What makes you different from other photographers?
What is wedding photojournalism?
Do you take posed family photos?
Yes, a wedding photography collection would not be complete without family photos. For these portraits, I look for interesting light, angles and backgrounds to turn these portraits into works of art that you will want to hang on your walls.
How far do you travel?
My base is in Warrenton, Va. which is just outside of Washington D.C. in Northern Virginia. Typically, I shoot most weddings and events in the Mid-Atlantic region, but do wander further away when needed. Let me know what you have in mind.
I love your work, now what?
I only shoot 15 weddings per year and tend to book up quickly, so please contact me as soon as possible so we can see if we are a good fit.
Will you (personally) be the photographer at my wedding?
How long should we set aside for wedding day photos?
The amount of time needed depends on the events during the day you want captured. I recommend no fewer than 7 hours to ensure that photos are not rushed. Here are some recommendations:
- Preparation shots – (2-3 hours) preferably split between the bride/attendants and groom/groomsmen.
- Couples session – (1 hour) I can do this during a “first look” or wait until after you say “I do.” I recommend using a combination of both. I feel after you say “I do” the pressure is off and the images really show it.
- Ceremony – .5 to an hour
- Family portraits – (.5 hour to 1 hour) I usually shoot these right after the ceremony when everybody is easy to roundup.
- Wedding party – (.5 hour to 1 hour) This is where I take the wedding party out for some fun shots.
- Reception – (2 hours +) depending on what you want covered during the party, first dance, cake cutting, grand exit etc.
What's up with the photo booth?
How many images do you take?
Do you have backup gear?
How can I see the images after you shoot them?
I provide my clients with an online gallery and many options for printing images for your home. The images are generally ready to view 2 weeks after your event.
Do you shoot engagement photos?
I love to shoot engagement sessions. It is a fantastic way for us to get used to working together. That familiarity really pays off on the wedding day.
Do you also shoot portraits and headshots?
Yes, I shoot portraits (family, senior, engagement) and headshots, as well as freelance assignments for publications and corporations.